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G. Spruance Paint Co.

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Jan. 25th, 2012 | 12:36 am
posted by: thehoodwatch in abandonedplaces





This place was a fun short trip. I saw some random photos pop up of it online. I had never heard of the place and the poster did nothing to hide the name so it was easy to find. So the following time we were in Philadelphia we hit it up. We were able to park the car and pop through a gap in a fence. It looked like there used to be a lot more building than this and bulldozers had smashed them up. We got inside this place and I maybe took 3 shots before I see a yellow construction truck roll up to the lot. I figured someone had spotted us entering and was coming to bust us. We agreed to just keep shooting because if we were getting in trouble at least we would have photos to make it worth it. So we kept out of sight of the windows and after a period of time the truck moved to the other side of the property, a guy got out and shoveled some stuff, and then he rolled out. Potential crisis averted. We probably spent an hour in this place. I really like old mills and even if they don't have a lot left inside, just the old metal and wood is enough to entertain me for a while. We managed to escape unscathed and headed to lunch. Of course 2 weeks later when I was back in the area with some other people they wanted to see the place as well. Figuring I could get a few missed shots I agreed and we headed back there. Upon arrival we discovered that in less than 2 weeks time the entire place was nothing but a pile of bricks. Rumor has it that demolition began only 2-3 days after I got these photos. Enjoy the last dying breath of this location...

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8. Stencils...

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12. Hopper...

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13. Ceramic balls used for breaking up pigment I would assume. They look super worn out...

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14. Century old belt driven machinery...

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The Silver Wolf of Darkness

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from: silvolf
date: Jan. 25th, 2012 08:39 am (UTC)
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Nice photos! I like all the little ceramic balls. They look like beans lol!

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loli_cat

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from: loli_cat
date: Jan. 25th, 2012 01:10 pm (UTC)
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That shaft style power distribution system really gives away how very old that place was. Back in the day when it was most economical to have one engine/motor and shafts going off of it to run belts/chains to run the other machinery. Back then, one of the jobs of the engineer was to maintain & replace the babbited bearings on the shafts.

The pin-ups of the cars gives it a more personal feel too...

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atomgal

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from: atomgal
date: Jan. 25th, 2012 03:32 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad you got in there to take these photos before it was all demolished. Lots of interesting stuff here...

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kpsp95

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from: kpsp95
date: Jan. 26th, 2012 06:18 pm (UTC)
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great shots.

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